3 Stylish Modern Bathroom Lighting Fixtures over Mirror


Choosing the right lighting fixtures for your bathroom was never easy, especially if you want to follow the trends and get something that would look good even 5 years from now.

If you’ve read my article How to light a bathroom correctlyyou probably understand the importance of placing lights above the mirror, as this ensures a proper and a much better illumination.

modern bathroom lighting fixtures over mirrorI won’t insist upon this topic, if you’re interested you can find out more by reading the article, the point is just that lights placed over the mirror are a great choice for a bathroom.

That’s why, it’s really important to choose some lighting fixtures that have to be placed over mirror, unless you want a dark bathroom, of course. 😉

Just like you probably guessed, in this article I want to talk about some modern bathroom lighting fixtures over mirror, that would be a great choice for every bathroom, thanks to their great price/quality ratio and catchy aspect.

So let’s not make it any longer and see some modern bathroom lighting fixtures over mirror.


     1. Regular leds will remain a trend


modern bathroom lighting fixtures over mirrorAlthough you may be a bit tired of these plain, extremely common bathroom lights, you should know that regular leds are among the bathroom lights trending this season.

And even more surprising may be the fact that they’ve been considered a fashionable choice for bathroom lights in the past years, so they don’t seem to be going away too soon.

For this reason, despite their banality, leds continue to be something people often buy for their bathroom. They proved that are here to stay, so they could be something you should really consider if you want some modern bathroom lighting fixtures, over mirror, of course.

Just like I said before, the place where you add your lights is very important in a bathroom, but the good news with  leds is that you don’t have too many choices when it comes to placing them.

modern bathroom lighting fixtures over mirrorLeds tend to be created for just one purpose: to be placed somewhere on top, where they could illuminate properly and make the whole room enlightened. And just thinking about it, in what other place could you add a led, if not somewhere up?

That’s why, there isn’t much to say about placing the leds in a bathroom, because they will obviously be placed somewhere on top, so the best place for this is definitely above the mirror. But this is something everybody does, and it is certainly a great thing.

The biggest downside about leds is that often times, that “proper  illumination” they promise is not that proper, so they usually need vanity lights on both sides of the mirror, as these would ensure a much better enlightenment .

So, in case it ever occurred to you to place some led lights in a different place than above your bathroom mirror, just forget about it. Instead, place them in the most common place, and add some extra lights besides.


2. Bulbs bring back the Retro atmosphere


modern bathroom lighting fixtures over mirrorA very common choice for theaters or studios, bulbs remain a very stylish pick among modern lights in everyday bathrooms.

This is because a creative light will always give the feeling of new, innovative and if it is placed above the mirror, then the chances it attracts the attention are even higher.

Bulb lights brings something from the past, that’s for sure. And you know that nowadays everything that was once a trend seems to be coming back, so bulbs make definitely no exception.

These kind of lights are usually placed not only above, but also around the mirror, making the illumination even higher.

Now, here comes the big advantage, and the only way I can tell you about thus advantage is by explaining what a “vanity light” means.

When I talked about how to light a bathroom correctly, I insisted on adding some vanity lights, which are the lights from both sides of the mirror. The reason is that vanity lights would prevent a wrong illumination, that is very common in many bathrooms.

This wrong illumination I’m talking about means that you look either too pale or too dark in the mirror. Hasn’t it ever happened to you to look in a bathroom mirror and notice that you look a bit different, like your face color seems changed? To me it has, and it took me some time until I realized there was nothing changed in me, but the light was different.

Lights placed on both sides of the mirror have this great effect to illuminate equally, making you look just normal. This is the reason why vanity lights are so popular, because more and more people have started to understand their importance and started using them more and  more.

That’s why, many people place bulb lights both above and around the bathroom mirror, making it look both modern and stylish, but also ensuring a correct illumination.

The great problem is that not all the bathrooms allow this kind of lights. Just like I said in the beginning, bulb lights are related to retro, Vintage and other non conformist styles. Obviously, they wouldn’t look good at all in a sober, cold decor, like Minimalism, Scandinavian or Industrial.

Anyway, if your bathroom doesn’t fit in the category of on of these 3 styles bulb lighting fixtures may be a thing you already imagine in your bathroom. My mainadvice is to place them also on both sides of the mirror. This unless your bathroom is full of natural light, of course. 😀


     3. Let’s not forget about small pendant lights


These “small pendant lights” I’m talking about are definitely not the large, crystal lights I’ve once presented in my ELK Lighting Pendant Lights ReviewAlthough some of those would look great in a bathroom, they’re not what we’re looking for in this case.

modern bathroom lighting fixtures over mirrorWhat I’m actually talking about are those small, barely hanging lights, that seem so modern and catchy every time I see them in a bathroom. And there are thousands of different patterns, with even more being created every day.

I’m sure you now know what I’m talking about, there are also the photos. 🙂

I’m sure their modernism isn’t really something to question, as they remain one of the most popular choices in bathroom lights over mirror, so they must be some fashionable items.

But the questions is, is their place right above the mirror? Yes, it is.

The way in which they are designed, with that small hanging part, makes the illumination much easier and wider, which means that there should be no problems with the light not reaching the entire surface around the mirror.

modern bathroom lighting fixtures over mirrorBut of course that this differs from case to case, so vanity lights on both sides of the mirror could also be an extra solution.

Actually, many of the companies that produce small hanging lights over mirror also make vanity lights, in the exact same pattern, so that people who need extra lights will have no problem finding the exact match.

Small pendant lights remain my favorite option for over mirror lights, simply because they seem to me the most beautiful and elegant bathroom lights, so I really recommend them, mines do a great job.

I don’t have any extra vanity lights, in case you’re curious, but that’s because my bathroom has a lot of windows so natural light is quite enough.

But all in all, give small hanging lights a try, they’re really worth it.




3 Stylish Modern Bathroom Lighting Fixtures over MirrorWhen you’re looking for some modern bathroom lighting fixtures over mirror, the best things you could choose are one of these 3: regular leds, bulb or small hanging lights.

Leds may be an easy and modern pick, but they’re usually not powerful enough and may need some vanity lights besides.

Bulbs have a Retro feeling and usually cover a higher illumination surface, but they’re not always the best choice in bathrooms decorated in Minimalism or Scandinavian style.

So small hanging lights remain the best option, in my opinion.

But this is totally up to YOU and what YOU want in your bathroom.


If you have any questions about modern bathroom lighting fixtures over mirror, please leave a comment below and I will gladly answer you.

Now tell me, what kind of lighting fixtures do you have in your bathroom?

Let me know your answer in the comments below. Anne 😀

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12 Responses to 3 Stylish Modern Bathroom Lighting Fixtures over Mirror

  1. Jeanette says:

    Hi Anne! Thank you for this interesting post! I didn’t realize there were so much to lighting your bathroom. I do have the small pendant lights in my bathroom and I feel like they illuminate pretty well for me. But in the future if I remodel I might go for the retro style, really like that. Thank you again!

    • Anne says:

      Hey Jeanette!

      I’m glad you liked those ideas and that you’re thinking about using them in the future. Retro style would look great in a bathroom, especially if you take care to light it properly. But once you listen to these tips from my article, I’m sure you’ll do a great job. :

  2. Reinis Inkens says:

    Hey, thanks for the insight concerning lighting mirrors.
    I have one question regarding this topic – would you say that it is better to have a hard light or a soft light on top of the mirror? The hard light would illuminate any problem areas on the face more, but a soft light would be a more even light and better to see overall image.
    Also, considering LED’s and changing face colour – do you take into consideration CRI (colour rendering index)? If you get lights with a high CRI, it should be much less of a problem.

    • Anne says:

      Hi there, very good questions 😀

      So, regarding to the kind of light I prefer above the mirror…To tell you my opinion, I’m rather for the softer lights. But that’s just a personal preference, and let me tell you why.

      A hard light would be too strong for my eyes, and maybe not just for mines, but for eyes in general. That’s how I consider hard lights to be. Meanwhile, softer lights and more gentle and even though they don’t illuminate that well, as long as there are vanity lights on both sides of the mirror, the general illumination should be pretty good.

      Of course that I can’t always recommend softer lights to everyone, because the most important factor is the natural light any bathroom receives. If the bathroom is very dark and there’s little to no natural light, soft lights wouldn’t manage to illuminate well, even with the vanity lights. So in this case I would recommend a stronger light.

      And about the LEDs, yeah, the color rendering index is something I consider. Not always, but there are some cases when I take a look at the CRI, especially when I have to deal with bathrooms that are darker than most.

      Hope my answer helps :

  3. Travis Smithers says:

    I would say for me I prefer the small pendant lights as they will still give you plenty of light and tend to always look good in the bathroom when you match up designs.

    The other variations you show, make a lot of sense for giving appropriate lighting, but I find are just not my style.

    The important thing is to always have adequate lighting regardless of which style you may like.

    • Anne says:

      Hey, it’s great that you know what exactly you like and you don’t have to test it out in order to see it.

      Pendant lights are a very good option, they also make the bathroom look elegant and luxurious, besides lighting it properly.

      Thanks for your visit 😀

  4. Pauline says:

    You’ve got some really varied options of bathroom lighting and I can see your point of having bathroom lighting over the mirror – firstly is the added reflection giving the effect of extra lighting and secondly having the mirror illuminated to help with shaving and applying make-up. It’s also very informative and well written

    • Anne says:

      Hi Pauline, thank you 🙂

      I’m glad you managed to see 2 important reasons by yourself, this means that decorating your home is something you’re pretty good at 🙂

      Yeah, that reflection of the light gives indeed the feeling that the room is better illuminated and once you have this feeling, everything seems more elegant and beautiful

  5. donald says:

    Thanks for that. I’m just planning to remodel my bathroom right now and I hadn’t really thought in any detail about lighting. Now I realise it makes a huge difference part and actually planned anything. Thanks your article lighting will be integral to my design. Lighting is often the last thing you think about and in some ways it should be the first.

    • Anne says:


      Yes, it’s true, many people don’t really care about lighting in the right way, I used to think the same many years ago, when I had no idea about interior design, but luckily there is available advice everywhere now. And this post offers only practical recommendations, which are quite simple to use, I believe.

      Thanks for reading my blog 🙂

  6. Jeff says:

    My 1/2 bath has light bulbs above the mirror. And there is also a recessed light above the stool.

    I am not so much a “style” guy as much as a utilitarian. I like stuff that does what it’s supposed to do. Stuff that works.

    Although I do like style took, style takes a back seat to functionality.

    Having said that I do like the look (and functionality) of the bulbs over the mirror as well as on the sides.

    It seems like I would have to have an electrician come in an wire the sides of the mirror to accommodate those additional lights on the sides of the mirror if I wanted to go that way.

    Then I could have the best of both worlds, function and style.

    • Anne says:

      Hi Jeff,

      Yes, I understand what you mean, I know many people like you, who aren’t really preoccupied with the lights’ aspect, but rather with their utility. This isn’t a bad point of view at all, because sometimes focusing on lights that illuminate well also means getting a beautiful aspect.

      However, if you want to check out if you’ve chosen the proper lights when it comes to your bathroom’s appearance, you can always check these tips 🙂

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